Free science fiction Kindle books for 22 Mar 18

Generation (Shadows of the Void Space Opera Serial Book 1)

by J.J. Green

A remote planet, rich in resources…

A drug-addicted captain, hungry for bonuses…

A hidden alien menace…

Growing up as a Martian on Earth has left Jas Harrington solitary, quick-tempered, and with zero tolerance for fools. All plus points when working as chief security officer aboard prospecting starships.

Jas’ latest berth is aboard the Galathea, which trawls the reaches of the galaxy seeking precious minerals and rare resources. She thinks it’s a routine trip. She’s wrong.

An inspection of a far-flung planet leaves Jas suspicious that there’s more to the place than meets the eye. If only she could convince the captain of the need for caution, but she might as well wish for a tasty meal in the ship’s canteen.

When the captain disciplines Jas for insubordination, she has only two allies: a timid navigator and the second pilot, who has the hots for her. Not that Jas notices.

All hell breaks loose, and Jas’ skills are put to the ultimate test. Can she enlist the help of the only two friends she has? She’s in a race against time to prevent the aliens from achieving their goal: Generation.

If she fails, the ship’s crew, the galactic empire, and humanity itself are at risk.

Generation is book one in the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera series.

“…well-written sci-fi heroine.”

“Great characters, fast-paced action and insidious aliens.”

“…roller-coaster ride that seldom lets up.”

“This one will hook you from the first few pages and won’t let go. It’s well thought out and the writing is fantastic.”

“Very good characters with plenty of depth and a very good plot line.”

“…a fabulous, fast-paced story that doesn’t let up from the first paragraph.”

“…reminded me of sci-fi written by Andre Norton…strong female protagonist.”

Sign up for a free copy of the Shadows of the Void prequel, Starbound, at JJ Green’s reader group:

A Simple Rebellion

by Christopher Ryan

If the past is prologue, where the hell are we going?

Americans from across our cultural landscape can point to some event, person or movement that has damaged our country’s well being. What if all this divisiveness continues to tear at the fabric of our society? What will become of America?

A SIMPLE REBELLION explores these questions, taking us to a near-future America extrapolated from our recent national behavior to provide a glimpse of what we may be doing to our culture, our country, and ourselves.

Here’s some earlier praise:

“A Simple Rebellion is an action-packed, funny, dark, and poignant love letter to America – and a roadmap for how we might all make it through the bleakest of times unscathed. Christopher Ryan expertly integrates social commentary into his narrative with a style reminiscent of Richard Matheson and Rod Serling’s best works.” â?? Caseen Gaines, author of We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy and The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History

“Through spry, humor-laced dialog, Ryan unfurls an Orwellian landscape pitting the fanatical president of a fractured, dysfunctional America uncomfortably close to our own against an unlikely hero who must ignore his own grief to rally a broken nation. Quick paced and provocative.”â??Mike Rogers, former Senior Editor, Library Journal

Christopher Ryan earned his MA and Rutgers University’s English Award for Highest Distinction in Literary Studies for his “master’s thesis” â?? a first novel, City of Woe, which he published independently through his Seamus and Nunzio Productions company. The debut novel earned’s first-ever “Book of Exceptional quality” and “Best New Voice (fiction)” honors from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

City of Woe features detectives Mallory and Gunner, who have also been featured in its sequel City of Pain, and a prequel collection of short stories, City of Sin. He is currently planning City of Love, which will complete his modern urban re-interpreting of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

He has also written a YA novel, Genius High, and is working on its follow-up, Perfect. Additionally, he is producing a line of illustrated children’s detective books, The Ferguson Files.

Lost Control

by Mark Bruns

What if you were no longer the master of your own destiny?
What if someone decides for you whether you can have children or not? In 2049 a corporate slave and group of idealists learn that they might not be in control of their own destiny and embark on a journey down the rabbit hole to find out who the true masters of the world are.
This is a novel questioning what the future may bring and how we might be sleepwalking into a world in which all control is already lost.

Varick’s Quest (Devya’s Children Book 4)

by Julie C. Gilbert

Genetically altering humans is illegal â?¦

But Varick and his siblingsâ??Devya’s Childrenâ??exist.

Interview with the Author:
Q: What makes the Devya’s Children series special?
A: At the heart, this series is about family and friendship as well as the ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering. It’s been likened to the Orphan Black TV show. I like to think of it as a more family-friendly take on those themes. The premise is that a brilliant scientist and his team created several genetically altered children who have special Gifts, such as telepathy, healing, and dream shaping.

The journal/letters style is not unique to this series, but I believe ultimately it suits my need to get in these people’s heads. I’ve worked very hard to fill the books with relatable characters. Some of them happen to have superpowers, but as Jillian points out, everybody has gifts, if not Gifts. It’s just a matter of finding out what those gifts are and how they can be applied for the good of the world.

Q: What order should I read them in?
A: I suggest the traditional order of:
– Ashlynn’s Dreams
– Nadia’s Tears
– Malia’s Miracles
– Varick’s Quest
â?¦ before jumping into the prequelâ??The Dark Side of Scienceâ??or the Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts.

The prequel and the short stories can certainly be read as standalones, but they may be more enjoyable once the reader’s already familiar with some of the characters.

Q: Where does this book fit in the series? What theme(s) make it special?
A: Varick’s Quest returns a bit to the starting theme of kidnapping. Varick wants nothing more than to free Nadia, but Jillian, Danielle, and his other siblings also mean a lot to him. He’s got a ton of awesome skills, but what good does all that do him if he can’t be in more than one place at a time?

Who would you save? That’s a question Varick’s faced with. I wanted to explore more questions of love and loyalty. Having power of any sort usually means somebody out there either wants to exploit you or overthrow you as it were.

Q: Why should readers check out this series?
A: Because Devya’s Children will introduce you to a charming cast of characters dealing with some big issues. Right or wrong, the children exist, so now what? If you have the power to change the world, should you? What are the personal cost and consequences of shaping the world? These are all questions explored by the series.

Q: Can the reader get the whole series at once?
A: Readers can grab books 1-3 in a combination. I’ve not bundled in Book 4 yet, but hop on over to my amazon author page or website to get plugged in and keep up with the current promos.

He’s been born and bred to be the perfect soldier, but he can’t be everywhere. If one counts each of his siblings plus Danielle Matheson, the list of people Varick wants to protect stretches from coast to coast. The more he gets to know Danielle, the more she comes to mean to him.

Meanwhile, somebody has captured Nadia and wants to sell her to the highest bidder. Varick’s lifelong quest has been to free her from their father, Dr. Dean Devya. But nobody knows where to find Nadia, except Dr. Carnasis, and she’s a captive as well.

Meanwhile, Danielle and Jillian have also disappeared.

Varick might be able to pull off one rescue, but can he save them all?

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